In Englewood, New Jersey, and the surrounding Bergen County area, drug and alcohol abuse is a serious problem. During 2016, 1,314 people in Bergen County were admitted to substance abuse treatment for alcohol addiction. More than 1,200 people in Bergen County received treatment for heroin abuse in 2016.1
If a loved one is struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, it can be tough to know how to help them. Drug use does not mean that the person has a problem with willpower. Most of the time, people who are addicted cannot stop on their own. Repeated drug and alcohol use changes the brain. These changes make it very difficult or even impossible for a person to quit using the drug or substance without help.2
Although a doctor or mental health professional is the only one who can diagnose an addiction, there are some signs of addiction you should know so you can assist your loved one in getting help. They include:2
- Have they talked about wanting to stop using drugs or alcohol but cannot seem to quit?
- Do they keep using the drug even when it causes arguments or other problems in your relationship?
- Have they given up important activities that they used to enjoy to use the drug?
- Are they having difficulties meeting their responsibilities because of drug use?
- Do they have cravings or urges to use the drug that they cannot seem to control?
- Do they spend a majority of their time each day getting or using the drug?
If your loved one exhibits these or similar signs of addiction, it could be time to get them help. See if they will agree to see a doctor. If they refuse, you can still contact treatment centers on your own or use an interventionist. Take a look at our directory for a listing of treatment options in your area. A professional can help you determine the best way to get through to your family member or friend.
- Department of Human Services: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Office of Planning, Research, Evaluation and Prevention. (2017). New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Bergen County.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2016). What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs.
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